Thursday, October 27, 2011

A Drawing for Cookbooks, Yeah!

Your Choice

Yum......Cupcakes from the Primrose Bakery

An excellent book for those trying to cut back on dairy products 

I have a copy for myself and I LOVE this cookbook!

Followers of my shop blog, I have a contest going on Face Book and wanted to include you in on it.  I will have a drawing on November 12, 2011 for ONE of the two cookbooks in the photo above ~ the winner's choice.  What you must do to enter is to leave a comment on A Vintage Halloween... Boo! posting.  Tell me what your favorite Halloween costume was when you were young.  If you would like to win BOTH cookbooks or ONE cookbook and a bag of MACADAMIA HERSHEY KISSES, go to Face Book and "like" the Ooh La La, Maui page.  I will announce the winner on Face Book and this blog on November 12.  Blessings!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A ViNtaGe HaLLOwEeN ~ Boo!


and my faithful readers!

Yes, yes, I know.  This is suppose to be my shop blog.  But, being a "theme" kind of person, I had to do a Halloween "themed" blog for my shop.  You know my type .... I am the one who insists on hosting Bunco in a holiday month so I could have a theme party (I have November! Yeah!), married on Valentine's Day and on every Independence Day, carry a red, white and blue wicker picnic basket to the beach donning an Old Navy 4th of July t-shirt to watch fireworks. And please, don't even get me started on Christmas ..... Christmas lights necklace, anyone?  

I do have my struggle with Halloween.  Handing out candy has become expensive and fruitless.  The trick-or-treaters dwindle by numbers as each year passes and a teenager showing up on my doorstep with a pillow case for candy and blue hair doesn't constitute a costume.  I can see that get-up about any day of the week in Paia Town.  I also end up eating more candy than what I pass out to all the little princesses, ninja warriors and Freddy Krugers.  There is also the spiritual conflict and moral issues......just take a walk down Front Street in Lahaina when the sun goes down on Halloween.  You'll either run away with your tail between your legs or wake up the next morning with your mind in a fog, one shoe missing and your pants on backwards.

I still like to nibble on candy corn although they are HORRIBLE for you teeth


Halloween for me is more nostalgic and so I thought it would be fitting to reminiscence and look back on Halloween paraphernalia turned "collectables".  Some things you'll remember, others will surprise you. Also, when you are out there hunting for antiques, look for some of these Halloween goodies that can now bring Big Bucks!

Me and my two sisters, Vicki and Danielle .... either I am ready to go trick-or-treating or learning how to walk.  Either way, I look pretty anxious to get the party rolling.

Danielle as a gypsy, brother Steve as a Hobo and me as a Dutch Girl minus the hat.    There was a hat, one of those "Flying Nun" numbers.  That Charlie Brown headed baby is my brother, Jeff.


Children from a bygone era dressed up for Halloween.  Look at the little girl in the center.  Her stance and face scream "ATTITUDE"! 

I never liked wearing a mask.  It was hard to breath in and the smell that ensued became unbearable

Here in America, dressing in costumes for Halloween dates back to the 1900's.  By the 1930's pre-made Halloween costumes hit the store shelves by companies like Ben Cooper Inc. and A.S. Fishbach and other firms.  Mass production made these boxed costumes relatively inexpensive at the time.  But today's price tags on these same, now vintage costumes can run from $75 to $1500.  Look for costumes in their original box with costume and mask intact.  The most desirable costumes are ones depicting cartoon and television characters or politicians (aka ~cartoon characters).  Ben Cooper Inc. was the leading seller of Halloween costumes in the 1940's.  The pumpkin head mask with the skeleton body was their most popular costume.  

Originally sold for $1.99, this costume is now valued at $75!

My mother never bought us store boxed costumes.  She was a clever lady and took pride in her sewing skills.  We always had home-made costumes and in later years, we created our own costumes....being a"hippie" was an easy costume in the 1970's.

Vintage Mc Call's and Simplicity Patterns

Visit for a plethora of vintage costume patterns .... or any vintage pattern you may be looking for...or for brief stroll down memory lane.


Look for Beistle Company and Dennison Manufacturing Halloween products.  Both are well known suppliers of die-cut Halloween decorations and are still in business today.   Beistle is desired by collectors because of their quality paper and die-cut decorations, centerpieces, paper plates and cups.

Scary Cats and Pumpkins

A 1920's Beistle Co. Witch Decoration


Bugle Toys were the leading manufacturers of Halloween noisemakers from rattles, ratchets, clangers and tambourines.  The earlier noisemakers are constructed of  tin bodies with sculpted wooden handles.  Later versions had plastic handles.

Little hand held drums 

 Noisemakers were primarily made for parties in the 1920's and 1930's.  Although thousands were sold few survived intact. 

This German made noisemaker is valued at $275

Wooden Handle Noisemakers (@Heartland Vintage Shop on

Paper Ephemera

Spooky placecards and invitations from the early 20th century command serious prices. A complete set of World War I– era die-cut invites by a paper purveyor like Dennison of Massachusetts can cost $200 to $300 if never addressed. This one card, a trifold jack-o’-lantern invite was made by Beistle in 1918. (From Oct. 2010 Country Living Magazine

Vintage invitations
A tally card for a Halloween Game ( )

Another Vintage Halloween Invitation (


An inexpensive Halloween collectable ~ postcards~ offer lots in color, detail and vintage fun. Use them for party decorations, crafting or for scrapbook memories.

A pumpkin in a Oriental robe?

Hiding behind a Jack O'Lantern 

Halloween Innocence 

              OtHeR cOlLeCtAbLeS 

Treat Sacks ~ Once sold for pennies can now fetch up to $30.

Halloween Figurines ~ Made in Germany, small in scale, these plaster composition vintage figurines of pumpkin heads, witches and black cats can sell for as much as $200.

Halloween Games ~ Beistle Company also made Halloween games.  A 11" Fortune Wheel in excellent condition can value at $215.

Even though I am not BIG on Halloween, I do love pumpkins, carving them, saving the seeds and roasting them in the oven with butter and salt. I then eat them when my sweet tooth has gone haywire and I need something salty to counteract the sugar.  This is my pumpkin from last year.  I found this stencil at Better Homes and Gardens ~ ~ where the stencil can be downloaded for free.  There are also many other designs to select from.  I chose this one after seeing jet black ravens perched wearily upon steep pitched roof tops in the tiny seaside village of Mendocino, California.

horizontal spaceOnce upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
`'Tis some visitor,' I muttered, `tapping at my chamber door -
Only this, and nothing more.'
 ~ The Raven
Edgar Allan Poe

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A Calgary Golf and Country Club Veteran's Winner Trophy

I found this lovely trophy today at a local thrift store.  I don't think the store realized what a gem they had on their hands as I bought it for a song.  What drew me to this piece was the rich patina and grapevine embellishment.  I brought it home (with three silver plated trays and one silver plated bowl) with every intention of keeping the aged effect in tact.

But, I couldn't resist.  I was extremely curious as to whom this trophy had been given to in 1972.  So, out came the Goddard's polish and this is the end result.  

Of course, with a little elbow grease, I could probably get this baby to SHINE!

And I am thinking, this may be silver, not silver plated ~ have to get the granny glasses out!

The name inscribed on the trophy is a John S. Poyen.  The trophy was awarded in 1972 at the Calgary Golf and Country Club.  Mr. Poyen was the winner of the Veteran's Trophy!

An Obituary from the Honolulu Star - Bulletin January 30, 2003

John St Sauveur Poyen, 87, of Kihei, Maui, an executive in the oil and gas industry, died Sunday at home. He was born in New York. He is survived by wife Betty L., son Jock, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Services: 2 p.m. Feb. 11 at Trinity-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church.

They should have included he was an excellent golfer.  God Bless you Mr. Poyen and thank you for this trophy.  I feel like a WINNER today!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Remnants of the Past Vintage Show ~ Oct. 2011 (recipe below for chocolate pastries)

Glitter and glam, white and withered, rusty and rustic, faded and flowery, polished and patina .......

More Remnants Photos on October 16 Blog Post

Ah!  It feels good to be home again.  I am inspired and ready to get my shop up and running.  It has taken me a few days to bounce back ~ I do suffer from a wee bit of sadness when I leave my home state of California.  But I am thankful for my visits and the chance to bring a little bit of my trip home with me.  Sea glass from Mendocino, vintage wine glasses and sterling silver spoons from my mother, Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture cotton sheets from Target (we have no Target on Maui) and a few treasures purchased at the Remnants of the Past Vintage show.

A silver plated hinged shell dish and a small silver tray ~ just a few of my purchases at Remnants of the Past

Living in Hawaii, where most decor is tropical, a shabby charm gal like me is a fish out of water (pardon the pun).  I love old books, rust, faded velvets, layers of flaking paint, patinas, rhinestones, lace, white linens ...... not anything conducive to Hawaii, with the exception of the Iolani Palace.  I am sure you get the "picture".  So, speaking of "pictures"  ~ here are some more photos and final posting from the Remnant Vintage Show, October 2011.  

Wish I could say this was our motel room, but alas, one of the many lovely displays at the vintage show

Grouping old books with similar colors, makes for an engaging display

Below all that marvelous pottery is a beautiful rustic farm table

A show stopper use of old metal lettering above a vendor's booth

I purchased a box similar to these several years ago.  If you are interested,  refer to the blog piece about vintage souvenirs.  There is a photo of my box in that posting.  Anyway,  I had to ask the vendor if she could provide any information.  Other than my box, I had never seen them before.  Obviously,  they are French ~ jewelry boxes with scenes of famous sites.  This style with the thick glass is from the early 1900's and hard to find.  Just look at that $155 sticker price.

Lots of burlap and sack cloth sold at this vendor's booth ~ clever lamp shade ....don't you think?

Pretty cut glass,  elegant porcelain pottery and regal furniture fit for a Queen

I coveted this bottle! Isn't it beautiful? The $79 price tag was hard to justify.  Even on the last day, the last hour of the show, the vendor would not come down on the price.  

Bling-bling starfish with lots of silver and cut glass

Vintage books for displaying a statement piece

Everything BIG with this vendor who sold in and outdoor decor ~ I love those bottles ... 

Who doesn't adore a stack of vintage suitcases

Rusty French charm 

More glammed-up starfish sitting pretty in a vintage suitcase

A grand old chandelier ..... and just look at that sweet typewriter

A unusual pairing but it works!  FYI ~ you will never find a stuffed deer head in my house  

Lots and lots of silver and pewters.  This tray is exquisite. 

Za Za Gabor framed painting and a very old dress dummy.  See the metal sign in the background?  Those letters were HUGE!

An eclectic grouping ~ from a print of a Madonna to a wooden pelican? 

Ironstone pottery, SO French, SO country!

A pop of green and violet  from the plant pulls this display together

Religious icons 

Velvet Handmade Pumpkins and lamps dripping with crystals....  posh mirror  

A Heavenly Good-bye to Remnants, until next year

............I have to tell you about the "Man Cave".  Walking around the Remnants show, amongst the hoards of ladies armed with shopping bags and carts, reading glasses and wallets ..... very serious stuff.... men were hard to find.  But the men were there, yes, they could be found.  In an isolated room, in an obscure corner of the event hall, you could find these wayward men lounging in the "Man Cave" ~ drinking coffee (probably mocha's), eating pastries (probably chocolate croissants) and watching reruns of Andy Griffith and Raw Hide (this is Manly).  What a great ideal!  To provide the men an excuse and refuge from shopping... not that men don't like to shop.  My man does!  But, who do you think told me about "Man Cave"?  You got it! My man.


A Recipe from THE TASTE OF HOME....

Chocolate Pastries

 Instant Chocolate Pastries

“My sister and I became addicted to Nutella while traveling in Europe. Now, we’re always thinking of ways to incorporate the chocolate hazelnut spread into recipes. This one came about after making puff pastries with apple filling. We thought, ‘Why not try chocolate?’” —Dee Wolf, Syracuse, Utah

6 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 20 min.


  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 6 tablespoons Nutella
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Confectioners' sugar, optional


  • Unfold puff pastry; cut into six rectangles. Place on a greased
  • baking sheet. Spread 1 tablespoon Nutella over half of a rectangle;
  • fold dough over filling. Press edges with a fork to seal. Repeat for
  • remaining pastries. Brush with egg; prick tops with a fork.
  • Bake at 400° for 10-14 minutes or until puffy and golden brown.
  • Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar if desired. Serve warm. Yield: 6
  • servings.
Editor’s Note: Look for Nutella in the peanut butter section.
Nutrition Facts: 1 pastry equals 304 calories, 17 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 35 mg cholesterol, 154 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 5 g protein.
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